Tacoma City Council Meeting - January 5, 2015

The meeting kicked off with the swearing in of two new council members in front of a packed chamber. Keith Blocker was sworn in by former Mayor Harold Moss. Connor McCarthy was sworn in by John McCarthy. Anders Ibsen was re-sworn in by Gretchen Leanderson. Ryan Mellow was re-sworn in by Laurie Jenkins. Welcome and welcome back all.



Resolution No. 39348 A resolution approving the final plat of Devonshire (previously named “Turner’s Landing”), an 18-lot residential subdivision for single-family development, located at 6802 East Portland Avenue.

Resolution No. 39356 A resolution setting Tuesday, January 12, 2016, at approximately 5:30 p.m., as the date for a public hearing by the City Council on the proposed temporary moratorium on new marijuana retail uses; and requesting the Planning Commission to develop findings of fact and a recommendation.

This resolution was added to the consent agenda late, setting the date for a public hearing on a proposed moratorium on new marijuana retail businesses. The intent of the moratorium is to allow time for the City and the Planning Commission to work out what a reasonable number of stores would be for Tacoma, and to work with the State to have appropriate rules in place. 

If you think this feels a little like déjà vu, you're not wrong - the City already has set the number of recreational marijuana stores allowed. The addition of medical marijuana stores to the mix is the new element. This moratorium is meant to push pause while lingering gray areas are sorted out, and cities continue to wait on definitive action from the State.

The full consent agenda was adopted.



January 2016 was proclaimed as Whole Child Month in the City of Tacoma.



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Resolution No. 39349 A resolution electing Council Member Ryan Mello as Deputy Mayor to serve a one-year term through December 31, 2016.

Resolution No. 39350 A resolution reappointing individuals to the Board of Ethics.

Councilmember Lonergan noted that while he hopes the board has very little work to do, there are still openings, so interested members of the public should submit an application.



Resolution No. 39351 A resolution authorizing the execution of an amendment to the agreement with 3MW Studio LLP, dba 3 Square Blocks, LLP, in the amount of $17,590, for a cumulative total of $242,590, sales tax not applicable, budgeted from the NEP Watershed Grant and Miscellaneous Planning Grants, to provide additional assistance in the development of the Tacoma Mall Subarea Plan and Environmental Impact Statement.

Resolution No. 39352 A resolution awarding a contract to Zones, Inc., in the amount of $295,092.94, plus a $29,509.29 contingency, for a cumulative total of $324,602.23, plus sales tax, budgeted from the Information Systems Fund, for purchase of corporate network hardware, for the period of January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016.

Resolution No. 39353 A resolution awarding a contract to InfoReliance Corporation, in the amount of $1,757,909.40, plus a 5 percent contingency, for cumulative total of $1,845,804.87, plus sales tax, budgeted from the Information Systems Fund, for records management software services, and professional implementation services, for a three-year contract period. 

All three purchase resolutions were adopted without comment.



Resolution No. 39354 A resolution conveying a non-exclusive perpetual easement to Pierce County, for the amount of $10,000; accepting and depositing said sum into the Tacoma Rail Mountain Division Fund, for a sanitary sewer pipeline and associated appurtenances under, over, and through a portion of Tacoma Rail Mountain Division right-of-way in the Frederickson area of Pierce County.

The 400-square-foot easement for sanitary sewer service ill allow the proposed Rosemont Properties residential development to connect into the existing Pierce County sewer main.


Resolution No. 39355 A resolution approving the cancellation of the following six regular City Council meetings in 2016: January 19; May 31; July 5; September 6; December 20; and December 27.

The meetings listed are cancelled due to proximity to holidays.



Government Performance and Finance Committee – Councilmember Lonergan reported on recent work of the committee.

  • Received an update to procure to pay project
  • Heard an update on the for-hire accessible service fund
  • Conducted interviews and made nominations to the Board of Ethics
  • Received an update on Tacoma 2025, including an overview of work so far, the plan framework, and its connection to the Bloomberg What Works Cities Initiative
  • Heard an update on the Tacoma employee wellness program

At its next meeting the committee will hear updates on the open data initiative, and radio system access fees.

Councilmember Campbell announced that the annual East Tacoma Blood Drive would be held Wednesday, January 13 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Salishan Family Investment Center. January is one of the lowest times of the year for blood supply, while also being a time of high demand. Everyone is invited to come out and donate.

Councilmember Ibsen announced an upcoming town hall meeting he will be holding at the Weatherly Inn Senior Center this Friday at 3 p.m. The event is mainly for residents of Council District 1, but everyone is welcome.



For more on the items on this week’s agenda, see our City Business Preview.

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